Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R): "President Obama has once again put divisive and manipulative politics before the sober leadership and sound laws required of an exceptional nation," Bush said in a statement. "It is time for Republican leaders in Congress to act. We must demonstrate to Americans we are the party that will tackle serious challenges and build broad-based consensus to achieve meaningful reforms for our citizens and our future."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R): “You guys are trying to get me to take positions that I might take if and when I ever become a candidate for president,” Christie told reporters Wednesday, ahead of the president's speech. “If I were to run for president, I would then articulate [my position]."
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R): “President Obama is not above the law and has no right to issue Executive Amnesty. His actions blatantly ignore the Separations of Powers and the principles our country was founded on. The President has said 22 times previously that he does not have the power to legislate on immigration," Sen. Paul said in a written statement. "I believe that immigration reform is needed, however for true and effective reform, we must first secure the border. I will not sit idly by and let the President bypass Congress and our Constitution."
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R): “Today is a sad day in our nation's history. Tonight, just a few minutes ago, the president of the United States went on national television and announced he is defying the constitution, he is defying federal law, he is defying the American people,” said Cruz in a video posted to Faccebook. “Tonight, just a few minutes ago, President Obama announced that he is illegally granting amnesty to millions of people who came here illegally.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R): “In Texas we know firsthand the problems brought by illegal immigration and bad federal policy. As we saw with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who came across the border, a bad policy led to children being put at risk. The president’s decision tonight will lead to more illegal immigration, not less. It is time for the president and Congress to secure our border, followed by meaningful reforms. There is no more time for political grandstanding,” Perry said in a statement.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R): “We need immigration reform But the right way to do it is to first bring illegal immigration under control by securing the borders and enforcing the laws, then modernizing our legal immigration system,” Rubio, who had led an earlier GOP push for immigration reform, wrote in a statement. “After we do these things, we will eventually have to deal with those here illegally in a reasonable but responsible way. The president’s actions now make all of this harder and are unfair to people in our immigration system who are doing things the right way.”
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D): "Look, I was proud to vote for comprehensive immigration reform a year and a half ago, and the Republicans haven't done anything since then. They keep blocking bringing this to a vote. So, I support the president in taking what actions he can within the law to help families, to help businesses and try to patch up this broken immigration system,” she said on CNN.